As the brass quintet launched into a sweeping rendition of an old Hollywood score, camera crews captured the historic action. This was one of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra's controversial Classically Cannabis fundraisers, possibly the first-ever symphonic marijuana celebration anywhere -- even if ... More >>
Composer and conductor Steve Hackman isn't limited by time or culture when it comes to his musical taste. As a part of the Colorado Music Festival this weekend, Hackman has been invited to bring his mashup of the Radiohead classic OK Computer and Johannes Brahms first symphony to Boulder, linking to ... More >>
Yngwie Malmsteen is a guitar god known for his supremely technical fretwork. The virtuosic guitarist burst into the world of international music in 1984 with Rising Force. At the age of seven, Malmsteen says, he saw a documentary about the death of Jimi Hendrix and was so taken in by his musical pow ... More >>
When trumpeter Dave Douglas played at Dazzle just over a year ago as part of Greg Garrison's Improvised Roots series, he was introduced to Crooked Still's Aoife O'Donovan, who sang during the sets. Douglas went on to recruit O'Donovan -- who is also joining Douglas's his two-night stand at Dazzle th ... More >>
A revered hip-hop producer who got his start with Phonte and Big Pooh in the North Carolina-based group Little Brother, 9th Wonder has worked an array of top shelf artists from Jay-Z and Destiny's Child to Mary J. Blige and Ludacris, among many others. Known as one of the best samplers in hip-hop, w ... More >>
Other Lives (due at 1STBANK Center tonight with Radiohead) started in Stillwater, Oklahoma in 2004 under the name Kunek, but when one of the founding members of the band left, the remaining members switched to their current moniker. The band's orchestral arrangements and its knack for creating tense ... More >>
Peter Gabriel got all sorts of orchestral last night at Red RocksPETER GABRIEL at RED ROCKS | 06.13.11"The rain started to fall in earnest, and lyrics like "Be afraid of the cold" and "After me comes the flood" were punctuated with peals of thunder and the dance of lighting bolts on the distant hori ... More >>
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (due at Dazzle tomorrow and Thursday) has just made an important record. Just how important remains to be seen. But one thing is certain: When this quartet of proud Oklahomans turns its attention to one of its state's most shameful events, the musical results are elect ... More >>
BRIGHT EYES at THE FILLMORE, 6/5/11"It was a bit bittersweet to think that this might be the last time Bright Eyes plays Denver."
Former Sony Corporation president Norio Ohga, the man widely attributed for pushing Sony into a new generation that led to the standardization of the Compact Disc format, passed away on Saturday from multiple organ failure. He was 81. While Ohga left Sony in 2000 to focus on music -- namely c ... More >>
Stravinsky, looking shifty-eyed.It's been ten years since University of Denver professor Lawrence Golan filed his copyright suit in Colorado District Court, seeking the revocation of copyrights retroactively placed on works previously in the public domain, and now, after a lot of batting arou ... More >>
Fresh coutureFashion Denver's in-house French fashion designer and artist Raphael Lobello grew up in a fort built in the 1200s. After studying screen printing in Grenoble for two years, Lobello moved near Toulouse and studied fashion design for three more before coming to Denver, where he is ... More >>
The music of Wolfgang Amadaeus Mozart was both a haven and an inspiration for Albert Einstein. When the physicist would get stuck on a particularly puzzling problem regarding the nature of the universe, he would pick up a violin and turn on a different part of his brain. Along with work by Ei ... More >>
No, Los Campesinos! isn't a band from a Spanish-speaking country. It's based in the U.K. And no, Tom Campesinos!'s last name isn't Campesinos!. He and his fellow bandmates perform under half-pseudonyms, Ramones style. As for his real name, Tom didn't spill -- but he did share plenty of other stuff i ... More >>
Gus Van Sant returns to disaffected youth and shoestring budgets in Paranoid Park.
The Evanescence profile in the November 22 edition of Westword stems from the following Q&A, a conversation with group leader Amy Lee that's lively and notably frank. Lee begins by talking about the group's current tour, including a side trip into Mexico, where aficionados are at their most rabid, ... More >>
From the week of June 16, 2005
Amadeus glimpses Mozart's talent through a rival's eyes.
A generation of Denver jazz stars has one thing in common: Neil Bridge.
Anyone trying to steal the spotlight from David Lee Roth is asking for an ass-kicking.
As the guiding force behind Spiritualized, Jason Pierce fakes his way to brilliance.
Roger James moves out of the jazz realm and into more ethereal forms.
Freddy Rodriguez Sr. has spent decades in Denver's jazz scene. These days his favorite partner is his son.
Backbeat contributors reflect on the releases that helped them survive the year 2000.
The Post's Dean Singleton joins a newspaper marriage even more strained than Denver's.
Kids, this is Yanni. Turn OFF the boom box and come out with your hands up.
The Flaming Lips continue to win their race for the prize.
Stars Forever (Le Grand Magistery)/K.K.K.K.K.(Le Grand Magistery)
Sleepy LaBeef hasn't tired of American roots.
The anatomy of a newscast.
Has everyone's favorite retro-dance fad already faded?
The ten worst concept albums of all time.
Painting the town with Count Bacon
Colorado Springs composer Stephen Scott on a different way to play piano.
NINE AND DA BUSH BABEES ARE TRYING TO PRODUCE A RAP TO REMEMBER.
HE'S JAMES BROWN AND HE'S PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN.